Houston Co. BOE approves eight new teacher positions for 2018-2019 school year
HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday the Houston County Board of Education voted to approve eight new teacher positions for the 2018-2019 school year. The new hires will cost over $500,000, but the board of education has already planned for these expenses in next year's budget.
The board of education approved the new positions because of the county's continuing growth and have reported an increase in student enrollment in several of its schools.
Langston Road Elementary in Perry had around 530 students enrolled when it first opened in 2014, but now serves over 800 students. Principal Elgin Mayfield said he believes that this increase will continue, especially since new housing developments are being built in the Perry area.
"As long as there are fields around the school, I believe we will continue to see growth, because the subdivision will just continue to pop up. We are by no means landlocked," said Mayfield.
Mayfield said that every year after opening, his school has met the projected number of students that the county estimated it would receive. Langston Road Elementary will hire two out of the eight new teacher positions.
"Langston is in a growth area, and we are seeing that growth, to be honest with you, almost on a daily basis," Mayfield said. He added that it's common for the school to register new students throughout the entire year.
Cindy Flesher, deputy superintendent for administrative services, said she thinks there's enough interest in Houston County for all of the positions to get filled. She said that the county recently held a job fair for teachers and received over 500 applications.